Summary of Meeting Held April 23, 2020
The Mississippi Commission on Environmental Quality (“MCEQ”) convened at 9:00 a.m. on April 23, 2020. This meeting was held through a telephone conference call. The public was invited to listen to the deliberations of the Commission on the conference phone line. The Commission first approved minutes from the previous meeting held on February 27. 2020. Then, following a prepared agenda, the Commission considered items as follows:
FY 2021 Underground Storage Tank Fee Recommendation
A public comment period concerning the FY2021 Underground Storage Tank (UST) Fee was held between February 12 through March 12, 2020 with the public notice information distributed to the Mississippi Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association. No comments were received. Staff recommended and the Commission approved to set the fee at the proposed rate of $150.00 per UST, which is an increase of $50 from last year’s tank fee. The tank fee has been set at $100 per UST since 1998.
Environmental Covenant for Southland Oil Yazoo Bulk Plant
Pursuant to the Commission’s delegation regulations (11 Miss. Admin. Code Pt. 1, R.1.1.Y.), the Interim Executive Director of MDEQ approved the Environmental Covenants between the Commission and Comet Street, LLC regarding the remediation of a former bulk plant located at 1184 Rialto Road in Yazoo City, Mississippi. The site operated as a bulk storage plant for diesel fuel and gasoline. Site assessments have revealed release(s) of diesel fuel and gasoline contaminating soils and groundwater at concentrations in excess of Target Remediation Goals. Remedial actions included the installation of a dual phase extraction system in 2006 and soil excavation in 2013. The staff of the MDEQ has evaluated the proposed Environmental Covenant and believes that, with the conditions and restrictions contained within; the site will be in compliance with applicable State laws and standards and will be protective of the public health and the environment. This agenda item is for reporting purposes only.
The next Commission meeting will be held on May 28, 2020, at 9 a.m.
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